A live, interactive online workshop that looks at how white people can work for racial justice by:
- understanding racial structure
- building connections and cross-racial alliances
- finding direction on your journey as an effective change agent
- organizing with others against racism
This is an introductory workshop. If you are concerned about matters of race, racism and racial justice, but unsure about where to begin, this workshop is for you. If you are already doing something about racism, and you have friends who are asking what they can do, refer them to this workshop.
Part 2 is about moving to the next level, organizing. What White People Can Do About Racism Part 1 is not a prerequisite, but it is highly recommended you take Part 1 when possible.
Anti-racism implies activism. Activism implies organizing. However, white culture trains white people toward isolation and individualism rather than collective action. White privilege is often invisible to white people, making it difficult for them to recognize and deal with. Also, white people are trained to collude with racism, not work against it. So, what leads them to anti-racism and organizing? In this workshop, we explore motivations, challenges and supports for anti-racists.
Why is it important to identify anti-racists as organizers? Because we’re trying to take down a system! It won’t happen through individual effort. This workshop aims to further participants’ education about white supremacy, and equip them to partner effectively and accountably with other anti-racists.
Who are organizers? People who are informed, work together, share analysis with other organizers, use strategy to work toward goals. Organizers may talk with neighbors about local gentrification, arrange a book discussion at the library, attend protest rallies, take part in online workshops and conferences. This workshop is part of creating a foundation for lifelong anti-racist action.